Hi! My wife Lisa and I have a 12 year old boy named Jackson and a 9 year old girl named Lauren. Jackson's a sweet kid who loves math and science and is already way beyond me when it comes to computers. Lauren may seem shy, but ask her about animals, especially West Highland White Terriers, and she'll talk your fluffy little ears off!
Friday night is our family "Star Trek and pizza night," and we like to go for hikes and bike rides. On weekends I play ice-hockey with other old, slow guys, and I'm eager to take the kids to a Kings or Ducks game soon! Lisa and I are also the owners of 2 self-serve frozen yogurt stores, so we like to support other small business owners!
My 13 year old son is now about an inch taller than me. It happened at some point during the past month, and it's very, very strange. I always suspected it would happen, maybe when he was 17 or 18...but at 13? This is just too soon!
My dad is 6'4", but I stopped at 5'11". There must be some tall gene that passed me by and skipped to my son. At his current rate of growth (6 inches this past year) I estimate that by age 19 he will be exactly 9 feet tall. While this would be interesting, (Take THAT, Robert Wadlow!) and would probably lead to a reality TV show ("Standing Tall!") I think the downside would be the huge expense in custom-made extra-long pants.
Anyway, it seems like it was just a few months ago that I was feeding him in a high-chair, just weeks ago that I could carry him in one of those kid-backpacks. Now, to put my arm around him (as he tries to squirm away) I have to reach UP! I don't know why it makes me a little sad, but it does.
This picture is from a couple months ago, when we were about even. Can you spot my shy daughter in the background?